Posts Tagged ‘music’

Apple reported 10 millions registered users (of its 800 millions iTunes accounts) for its Music service following the first month (June 30 to end of July). We can suppose there were additional 5 millions registrations in August, then 3 millions in September, and 2 millions the first half of September. This could then match with Apple’s announce mid October stating their were 15 millions still opened Music accounts (and 6.5 millions paid accounts among these).

Apple offered an option to disable automatic renewal of Music subscription, then many users diddn’t wait the 3 months trial ending to cancel (or not) their subscription, they just let it stop by itself in case they wouldn’t renew. Did Apple take into account the users that  left the automatic renewal on for its 6.5 paid accounts ?

On one hand their may be 100% of early “subscribers” (the about 5 millions ones that entered trial bewteen June 30 and mid July) that let their subscription stop by mid October, that could explain the 15 millions active accounts (from 20 millions total trials) reported at that time.

On another hand there should have been at least the same amount that would have renewed their subscription to reach the stated 6.5 paid accounts (most of them would have choosed to renew a few days to one week before trial ending, that is early to mid October). Apple offered an option to initially extend and pay for many months, however few users may have opted for this. Then these same users couldn’t both have renewed and let stop their subscription.

Apple then may have taken into account users that let the automatic renewal option enabled. There shouldn’t be more than 2 millions users that did renew their subscription for some months, that is only 10% of users that entered the trial (and 0.25% of Apple’s iTunes users).

Considering the deceiving quality of the service (iTunes Store is much better and many songs or artists weren’t present in Music service), Apple should lower the price, replace the service by access to the full ITMS catalog, and provide songs in lossless format (a new HD audio format is expected by Apple early 2016).

Also many would have used the trial to copy most of songs (using Soundflower), then Apple shouldn’t provide a Trial (as users still can try iTunes Store by listening to long tracks samples).

 

 

Beside funding project at Indiegogo, a new project has been created at Rockethub.

By supporting the project you will allow more content, faster loading and more space for artists releases.

A new funding project has been created to help enhancing Emotuned free music platform infrastructure and content. It is hosted at indiegogo (as kickstarter is only available from US) . Click here to display details about gifts (named perks) that will ne provided to contributors.

By supporting the project you will allow :

  • enhancing streaming performance : songs sample are stored at Dropbox for now. However it appears that by using Dropbox public links, first files bytes are sent at a very low rate, leading to about one second delay before streaming/buffering. Then songs from Cjed artist have been migrated to the Emotuned server (now start immediately).

The goal is to provide a 500 MB account per artist for their song’s samples, that is about 3 MB per song (two 1,5 MB samples files average – .m4a and .ogg), then close to 20 releases of 10 tracks each. Full songs files (encrypted archives) can still be stored at Dropbox, Sugarsync or GDrive as these are not streamed (downloaded at purchase time).

This extra storage requires a dedicated server (shared one for now to allow reduced costs), that is about 100$/month. The new server would allow faster start/download of the application (stronger and more reliable rate), faster streaming (no delay), for about 5000 artists (using a 2 TB disk).

  • Adding new content : Cjed artist will add about 6 new releases in various categories (one 10 tracks release per week once campaign starts). These (alongwith the initial one you can still listen to) will be available for free for funders, depending on the fund amount (you will reveive passwords for encrypted songs archives through email).

A 1.1 update to Direct2CP is available :

– fixed state problem in EMZenView (was in canplay state when switching song – should be buffering state) that prevented play.

– added deferred mode in DCMasterDetailView (createDeferredForEndpoint) : if true numberOfRows returns 0 immediately( without calling the synch remote method). It is reset to false when calling setCriteria, setSortDescriptorsStr or reset.

Emotuned application (free music platform for composers, see here) now uses press (350 KB for the application .sj) and the new deffered mode for the master detail views (that is only one request is sent initially, for the main store tab – no requests for empty table views from other tabs). Performance is now related to the hosting provider.

Emotuned / Direct2CP

Posted: April 18, 2012 in IT/Dev
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New music platform emotuned.com launched !

This rich web application (uses latest open source solutions – Cappuccino, CSS3, and Direct2CP framework) allows indie composers to sell their music for free (full royalties – minus Papal fees), with a HD quality (lossless 16bit or 24bit), fair pricing (5$/euros for a 10 tracks albums) and fair ranking system (open).

It uses Dropbox service as a decentralized approach and low cost/lite infrastructure (also allows artists to keep full management of their files).

Moreover it is a community site : submited releases are validated and rated initially by members (users can apply as members at account creation time), allowing an independant and effective day to day management.

Finally it is a social site, as cover artists (singers, arrangers, pro composers) can submit covers to orignal composers (these will be validated by composer first, then by a community member, and added to the existing release if accepted). It will then allow reaching best indie music quality by enhancing initial composers music using other artists skills.
Moreover purchased releases are in progess ones (additional and/or updated songs will be available for free for previous customers), being then more valued.

Direct2CP framework (previously CP2JavaWS) brings php support, easy forms creation and validation by code (with management of nested mater/detail views), many enhancements and fixes, new features and new components (full Cappuccino conversion of CSS3 Zen player, Grid view, drop upload and Dropbox service).

Emotuned provides best practices from Direct2CP,  as  client code is available. Full details and download link for the framework will be added soon.

Roland reports (from a Digital Music News’s article) that music companies are looking more on more for CEOs with technical background (then not only CTO), while relational and marketing skills are becoming less critical.
That is then the opposite to what is happening to IT business.

In early 1996 I composed MJ Style, a song inspired by famous MJ feets dance and rhythm.

I now know he will never get a chance to listen to this, not in that land.

The day before I had a significant blood pressure drop that lasted half a week, and two weeks before I realized that he would be the most suited for singing on my songs and that I should probably find a way to contact him (such thing I wouldn’t ever have attempted before).

I also rearranged dozens of its songs in the 90’s, first using the JV880, and later the XV.